As the festive month shows up, we all know it also comes with tons of extra responsibility. You have to pick the perfect gifts for your loved ones, decorate with the right mix of tradition and fantasy, and, of course, host tons of visitors. Here are some holiday hacks to take the stress out of the season.



Create a welcoming space

As the host, you should make every effort to create a warm environment with some welcoming touches, for example beautiful flowers by MFLEURS. They are Montreal’s original luxury rose box designer and have reinvented the standard bouquet of roses by providing their clientele with the freshest of roses, displayed in beautifully crafted ornate boxes, where buyers can personalize their orders, choosing from a wide variety of rose and box designs available. For the holidays, they are giving 2$ by box sold to Dans La Rue, the only organization in Montreal which takes a multifaceted approach to respond to the needs of homeless youth and youth at risk.


Set the right ambiance


If you have dimmers, lower the lights. “Think about how inviting a restaurant is when you walk into that lower-level lighting,” says Farley. “Everybody looks better and it’s more intimate.” No dimmers? Light a few candles, which produce not only a nice glow, but also a welcoming scent. We suggest the ones by T. Lees Soap Co., always made in small batches by hand in Montreal.


Master some cocktails


Entertain with ease this holiday season by trying some Christmas cocktail recipes. For the occasion, Bombay Sapphire has created some innovative holiday cocktails Impress your holiday guests with your innovative mixology skills and add a modern twist to the classic Negroni with Bombay’s Winter Whiteout Negroni.

Winter Whiteout Negroni
1 oz. Bombay Sapphire
1 oz. Martini Bianco
1 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
1 cinnamon stick

Method: In a mixing glass, add the Bombay Sapphire, Martini Bianco and Luxardo bitter Bianco. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir to chill and add dilution. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Hire a caterer

When you hear the word “caterer,” you might assume it’s going to cost a fortune. But if you’ve never seriously looked into the different options that caterers can offer, you might be pleasantly surprised. In addition to serving the big-budget crowd, many reputable caterers can provide services that are surprisingly affordable.